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Getting your style right is always a tricky business – but never so much as when attending the most delicate event in a man’s calendar: a funeral.

Knowing how to dress for a funeral is essential – you’re there to pay your respects and honor those that have passed on. Get your outfit wrong, and who knows who you could offend.

In today’s article, I’m going to provide very specific advice on how to dress for a funeral and what NOT to wear.

We’ll cover:

  1. Do You Have To Wear A Black Suit To A Funeral?
  2. What Should You Wear To A ‘No Black’ Funeral?
  3. Can You Wear Colorful Accessories To A Funeral?
  4. How To Choose Seasonal Funeral Attire
  5. What Should You NOT Wear To A Funeral?

#1 Do You Have To Wear A Black Suit To A Funeral?

Unless stated otherwise, always assume that you’ll be expected to wear a black suit and tie to a funeral.

The fact is, you’re at the funeral to pay respects and show your support. The last thing you want is everyone to be talking about your outfit choice instead of remembering their loved one.

As a good rule of thumb, make a black suit and tie your default funeral outfit. No one would judge you for wearing black to a funeral – even if the deceased expressed a desire for people to wear color.

However, if you turn up in a gray suit when everyone else is wearing black, you’re going to stand out for all the wrong reasons and look really disrespectful.

When in doubt – throw color out and wear black. It’s the safest option.

Are There Alternatives To Wearing A Suit At A Funeral?

Yes and no.

Traditionally, you should go for a suit. It’s the safest option for the reasons I’ve expressed above.

However, if the situation calls for it, you may be able to lose the jacket and throw on a black knit. BE VERY CAREFUL – get this wrong and the friends and family in attendance could be incredibly offended by your lack of formality.

If a full suit and tie isn’t comfortable for you, it would be better to keep the jacket and lose the tie. A well-tailored black suit, white shirt, and black shoes can still appear formal and respectful without a black tie.

Just make sure that your shirt is plain white, tucked in and you only unbutton your collar button. Getting your chest out at a funeral is disrespectful – so keep it classy.

Can You Wear A Bow Tie To A Funeral?

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Personally, I wouldn’t

Unless the funeral organizer specifies, assume that evening attire like a tuxedo and bow tie is inappropriate. In the modern age, wearing a bow tie makes a man stand out from the crowd. While this can be a good thing when it comes to weddings and other formal celebrations, at a funeral, it’s not your job to be the center of attention.

As I keep saying, you’re there to pay your respects, not put on a style show. Keep it minimal, understated, and in line with what everyone else is wearing. That means long neckties only, gents.

#2 What Should You Wear To A ‘No Black’ Funeral?

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It’s becoming more and more common for people to request that mourners don’t wear black to their funeral.

I kind of get it – a funeral is a sad enough affair without everyone wearing depressing colors.

Chances are, you’ll be made aware that the funeral you’re attending is a ‘no black clothing’ funeral. You won’t be left to guess, so if nothing is mentioned assume you need to wear a black suit.

When attending this style of funeral, I would still err on the side of caution. Sure, you don’t have to wear black, but that doesn’t mean you can wear whatever you want!

Bright colors are still a bad choice. When wearing a tie, opt for a solid color that isn’t too ‘stand out’. Darker hues of burgundy, navy, and gray will be fine.

For your suit, change out your black suit and opt for a navy or charcoal gray instead. Resist the temptation to wear a colored shirt – stick with white to avoid over-coloring your outfit.

#3 Can You Wear Colorful Accessories To A Funeral?

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This is an interesting question – I think it depends a lot on who the person was and the memories you have with them.

Let’s say you’re attending the funeral of a friend of the family who was known for wearing bright pocket squares. He had hundreds of pocket squares – all in different colors, fabrics, and patterns. Whether he was attending a wedding or heading to the shops, you’d always see a colorful pocket square in his jacket pocket.

In this instance, it may be considered a memorial gesture to wear a colorful pocket square to his funeral.

After all, funerals are a celebration of a person’s life and a way of remembering the good times you had with them – so why wouldn’t you wear something that reminded you of them when attending their funeral?

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On the flip side of that, if you’re attending the funeral of someone who was known for being very conservative in their attire, maybe don’t arrive wearing bright pink paisley.

When it comes to accessories, your opinion on style doesn’t really matter. It’s all about remembrance – wear something that reminds you of that person, be it a bright pocket square or a classic dress watch.

Reflecting on this will help you come to terms with the passing of your loved one and could help you remember some of the great things about that person!

#4 How To Choose Seasonal Funeral Attire

This is where things start to get a bit tough. After all, seasons have a huge impact on what people wear from day to day. To say that a man must stick to the same funeral outfit regardless of temperature and weather conditions just isn’t viable.

As such, I’ve put together a list of four outfits that you can choose from depending on the season a funeral is taking place. These may differ for you depending on the country you live in, but they’ll serve as a good starting point for most men.

Spring Funeral Attire

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The springtime is tricky – one minute the sun’s out, and the next it’s raining cats and dogs. So how do you make sure to dress appropriately for a funeral but still guarantee some level of versatility in your outfit?

It’s simple – leverage an all-black umbrella.

Wear a standard, all-black funeral suit and accessorize with a black tie, dress watch, and black Oxfords. Wear an undershirt so that you can take off your jacket without getting too cold, just make sure it’s white so it doesn’t show through your button-down.

Purchase an all-black umbrella and use this as your safety net in the event of rain. Choose a design that is classic and understated – similar to the umbrella seen in Kingsmen (just without the cool spy technology).

It’s a solid investment. Not only will it ensure you maintain a level of dignity and class at a funeral, but it’ll also serve you well in day-to-day life.

Summer Funeral Attire

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So the heat is on – but you’ve got a funeral to attend and you’re worried about overheating in your two-piece suit and shirt.

It’s a tough one. Do you lose the jacket to cool off and risk looking disrespectful with swear marks? Or is it better to keep the jacket on and risk sunstroke?

Fear not – there is a way to stay cool and maintain a respectful aesthetic all at once. Keep your jacket on but wear a thinner shirt or a short sleeve shirt underneath.

Short-sleeve poplin shirts are a casual option when it comes to the different styles of button-downs. However, when worn with a jacket, chances are no one will notice you’re wearing one. You can stay cool with the wind up your jacket sleeve and still maintain a dignified, funeral-appropriate look.

Just make sure not to take off your jacket.

Fall Funeral Attire

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Similar to spring, fall is one of those ‘in between’ seasons that can be wet and cold or hot and sunny.

As such, apply the same advice I gave for spring in the fall.

As an addition, consider losing the undershirt. Chances are it’s not going to be cold enough to warrant an extra layer under your shirt. If the weather takes a turn and the heat starts to rise, you’ll start to regret that undershirt pretty quickly.

To strike a good balance, switch out the poplin shirt for an Oxford shirt. The thicker material will help if it gets too cold, but won’t overwhelm you if the heat starts to rise.

Winter Funeral Attire

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A winter funeral is probably the easiest to dress for. A full suit is considered the most respectful choice when it comes to mourning the dead, and you won’t have any problems with overheating in the winter months.

But the question is, can you wear anything extra to add layers to your outfit? Definitely.

Adding a waistcoat or overcoat to your funeral attire is a great way to stay warm without disrupting your overall look. Sporting a black waistcoat with your black suit will only elevate your style – after all, it’s always better to overdress than underdress.

An overcoat is fine, so long as it has the same features as a classic funeral suit:

  1. Black/Dark Gray in color
  2. No patterns or stand-out fabrics
  3. Well-tailored with a classic silhouette

To finalize your winter funeral outfit, wear a black scarf and black leather gloves. Once again, these are understated and respectful in appearance but will help provide warmth when it’s needed.

#5 What Should You NOT Wear To A Funeral?

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One word: casual.

When considering how to dress for a funeral, avoid casual clothing at all costs – it’s never going to go down well.

Unless explicitly stated by the funeral organizer, you should always wear formal clothing to a funeral. Casual clothing could make you look as though you don’t care or don’t think the deceased person is worth dressing up for.

That’s NEVER a good look. You need to maintain the highest levels of respect and class when attending a funeral, so casual clothing is simply a no-go.

That means avoiding:

  1. Jeans
  2. T-shirts
  3. Sneakers
  4. Patterned, casual shirts
  5. Sandals
  6. Field watches
  7. Brightly colored socks
  8. Casual jewelry (eg. beaded bracelets)
  9. Capped hats
  10. Sportswear

In short, avoid anything that isn’t at least smart-casual attired. Chinos and a blazer might be okay, for example, if a more relaxed dress code is specified. However, as I said earlier: when in doubt you should opt for a classic black suit.

Knowing how to dress for a funeral is important, but they aren’t the only events that call for a specific dress code. Click here to discover how to dress stylishly for a wedding.

FAQs

Is All Black Clothing Mandatory At A Funeral?

Not always. Some people ask that black isn’t worn at their funeral. However, it’s always best to check! When in doubt, wear a black suit – chances are you’ll be told by the funeral organizer whether or not a black suit is needed.

Can I Wear Chinos And A Blazer At A Funeral?

Again, this depends. If you’re attending a traditional funeral, then no. However, if things are a bit more relaxed then you may be able to pull it off. Check with your funeral organizer when in doubt.

How Can I Wear Color At A Funeral?

My advice? Leverage the power of your accessories. If color is acceptable are the funeral you’re attending, wear a tie or pocket square to add some variety to your somber outfit.

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As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

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When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

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The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

watch facing inside

The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

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Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)

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We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

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One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

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After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

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Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

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As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

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You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.

Overcoats

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Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

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A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.

Sweaters

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Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.

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The Best Zara Fragrances

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We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

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For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

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